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The Tau Assault:
Communication Post 309
Tau vs. Blood Angels
(40k in 40 min)
The Tau battle forces are about to launch a major offensive against the imperial. In order for the campaign to go well imperial communication must be thrown into disarray so that the imperial forces canâ€™t repel the Tau effectively. The Shasâ€™Arâ€™Tol has dispatched several small units to designate air strike targets (communication stations, air fields, command bunkers, ect). The Orâ€™es shi cadre has been selected for this raid. Only a small contingunt can be sent or else the enemy will suspect something and the mission will be compromised. Aunâ€™O Akyâ€™Les will lead a hand full of fire warriors and an elite stealth commando unit on this mission. The target for the Orâ€™es shi cadre is a com station near the gueâ€™laâ€™s blood angels battle lines. The blood angels have the com post guarded by sniper scouts and speeders. A scouting speeder detected the tau troops aprroching and has gone back to prepare for the assult. The blood angel reinforcements wonâ€™t arrive in some time and the guards must repel the attackers and defend the com post at all cost.
Orâ€™es Shi cadre:
Aunâ€™Vre Akyâ€™Les with cc weapons and HW drone controller, 2 drones
10 fire warriors- bonded, photon grenades, 5 pulse carbines
10 fire warriors- bonded, photon grenades, 5 pulse carbines
3 stealth suits
Com post defenders:
Elite Rough Necks:
Death Company- 2 death company
Scout Squad #1- 1 sergeant 4 Elite Scout Snipers
Scout Squad #2-1 sergeant 4 Elite Scout Snipers (2 went to the death company)
Scout Squad #3-1 sergeant 4 Elite Scout Snipers
Land Speeder Squad- 3 Land Speeders equipped with Heavy Bolters
Attacker objective: attackers must have a unit within 15 inches of the com site for a whole turn(they are assumed to be marking the target and therefore cannot fire or get into close combat) if successful the attackers receive an extra 100vp
Attackers bonus objective: get army off the board after successfully marking the target and not allow more than 75% casualties. 50 vp
Defender objective: keep attackers from marking the target for 6 turns 100vp
Defender bonus objective: if the defenders succesfully destroy 75% of the attackers they receive extra 50vp
From the Blood Angel Perspective the com post is centered in the middle on their table edge. In the far northeast there is a large hill side. From the middle in the Southeast there is a small cluster of rock formations. Directly west of the middle there is a small patch of forest blocking sight of most tau. Gold Team with Aunâ€™Vre Akyâ€™Les and his wired drones are setup behind the small patch of forest in the west. Storm Team alone has been spotted north of the post in the plains. The small covert ops team were last seen on top of the hill in the northeast.
On our right flank we have a small 3 man squad of scouts awaiting and taking aim. Beside them on the far right corner edge Scout squad #1 advanced into the small cluster of rocks. Back to the Com Post on our left flank we have a 5 man scout squad beside the post ready to take cover and aim. Beside them on the left corner edge we have a group of Land Speeders preparing. On top of the command post we have two lone death company marines.
The Land Speeder raced into the com posts front lines and landed quickly. The Driver rushed into the command post and warned the station workers to send a distress signal for reinforcements for the Xeons have come to fight.
They Sent the distress signal and only got one reply from a distant battle fleet. The Alarm had been set and the blood angels were ready before the Xeons could be seen.
The Death Company saw the approaching Xeons and didnâ€™t move but a foot for they didnâ€™t show no respect for the Xeon scum. They cared less of them.
The Scout Squad that had only 3 men couldnâ€™t find the stealth team they wanted. The Scout Squad #1 behind the rocks shot splinters into the hearts of the storm Team. All the shots hit but only one shot wounded. The Sniper shot the bolt into the right shoulder of one of the lucky fire warriors. The reason the fire warrior was lucky was because his armor actually did its work in battle. It was lodged into the shoulder shield and was mealy a scratch.
The stealth clad commandos move forward toward the scouts hidden in the rocks, all the while the 2 fire warrior squad move on either side of the trees.
Nothing was in range yet but come next turn the scouts will be in quite a mess.
The Death Company took another step. The Small Scout Squad shot their 3 splinter rifles and managed to get a storm squad fire warrior in the neck the fire warrior fell to his knees gasping for air as blood trickled down his neck. The two other scout squads one in the rocks and the other across the field tried hard to spot the stealth squad but still couldnâ€™t see anything. The three land speeders still in position shot a burst of fire down past the forest and into the gold team. They managed to take down one drone and a fire warrior in the burst of shots.
The commandos jetted forward firing their burst cannons at the scouts trying to hide behind the rocks hitting nothing but air. The gold team ran behind the trees for cover while the storm team advanced to get a better firing position.
The Death Company saw the storm Squad advance and jumped down the com post roof and jumped over a short distance. The small scout squad saw the death company on the move and also suffered the black rage and moved up 3 feet. The Scout squad #1 in the rocks spotted the stealth team and shot but their stealth paid off and only two shots made it as both were saved from the armor. The two shots went into one stealth teams chest and was stopped in the middle of the armor. (Good save huh!The second shot skimmed off the right shoulder of the stealth xeon. The other squad of snipers across the field still couldnâ€™t spot the stealth team. The Speeders moved up in front of the com post and shot their heavy bolters mowing down five fire warriors. The battle is now getting more bloody just the way we like it!
The stealth suits advanced towards the death company and fired their burst cannons. Almost every blue pulse bolt hit its mark felling both death company. Not even the thought of the death of the great sanguinius could make them stand back up to fight. The 4 remaining fire warriors of storm squad fired at the land speeders. As luck would have it one fire warrior hit the engine fuel lines causing the speeder to crash to the ground killing the pilot and gunner. The fire warriors rejoiced for they had avenged their comrades! But the battle was far from over.
With the death company dead in sight of the small 3 man scout squad the rage inside came out and the scout squad moved up fast near the bodies of the death company. The Land Speeders shot a final burst of fire on the storm squad to finish them off. The storm squads bodies we torn up like paper. Scout Squad #1 in the rocks spotted the stealth squad again. This time they saw the squad jump back onto the hill side and they took careful aim. All Four shots hit. One skimmed off a Xeons helmet and the other three shots wised into the air and made a silent but deadly blow. One Xeon fell from the sky for his back was shot and he went down making a small explosion from his jet pack. The other two shots hit the other two sheathed Xeons in the back as well one in the back of the head and another in the mid- back. The Bolt exited out of the skull. The other bolt exited out of the xeons chest and he slowly came to a halt and fell dead. The Blood slowly dripped out of the cracked helmet of the Xeon. That was the last of the stealth squad.
The remaining tau moved through the forest. Only able to fire at the speeders. The carbines were able to destroy one of the heavy bolters but not the machine itself.
The Fire Warriors were spotted in the brush of the forest and the speeders rushed over in front of them and let lose. The one heavy bolter took out three fire warriors making bark fly all over the place. All Scout Squads took aim and shot. The small squad of snipers took out two fire warriors both head shots and one wised buy. The much larger squad of scouts fired into the brush killing three fire warriors. With such high skilled snipers the cover saves were not effective. One Fire warrior was shot and fell quickly as the second and third bolt took out pieces of the fire warriors armor and the fire warriors lives as well. The other scout squad across the plains in the rocks lastly took aim and shot a wave of splinter bolts. The Etheral took the shot quickly and staggered to one knee as another bolt entered his lower stomach making the Ethereal fall to his death and slowly die. The last fire warrior turned quickly around to see his Ethereal die and was too shot in the back by the last shot. The Fire warrior fell quickly keeping his eyes open on the dead Ethereal. A Good Victory for us Blood Angels. We held off the com post and called off the reinforcements. VICTORY!
Blood Angels Victory Pts: 552 pts
Tau Victory Pts: 89 pts
A valiant battle, but the victory points were more than one-sided. Maybe next time, valiant Tau. Great battle report!
Every whisper of the future from the Warp speaks of a hundred battles lost, a thousand lives devoured and a million enemies born. -- Inquisitor Lord Babel
A pretty interesting battle. It was quite risky, taking that many Snipers, and it must have been a bad moment when the Stealth suits took out the Death Company. But you still managed to beat them into the ground despite that. Well done!
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